NLEX goes for a sweep of the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup finals series and claim its fourth title on Wednesday against Big Chill at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Game Two of the best-of-three series is set at 4:15 p.m. before San Mig Super Coffee and Rain or Shine collide in Game Six of the PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup finals.
The Road Warriors are on the cusp of reclaiming another title after they were dispatched by Blackwater Sports in the Foundation Cup finals last season.
The NLEX Road Warriors took first blood of the series with a 79-75 victory over Big Chill in Game One on Sunday with Kevin Alas and Matt Ganuelas taking charge in the final quarter following a comeback try by the Superchargers.
Alas and Ganuelas combined for 30 points but notably missing in the Road Warriors’ offensive production in Game One was Garvo Lanete, who was held to only four points in the series opener despite being the team’s top offensive option.
But NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez is not too concerned with Lanete’s lack of scoring production, seeing it as an opportunity to attack from different angles.
“Give credit to the defense of Big Chill, they were trying to deny Garvo. They are not giving him open looks. That is why we kept on attacking because they are not helping off Garvo,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez.
“Garvo already realized that they will deny him. If they continue to do that, it is to our advantage,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez believes that despite being a game down, the Superchargers will enter Game Two as a confident bunch after nearly wiping out a 15-point deficit to make Game One interesting.
“We are prepared for everything. No question, they will put pressure on the basketball. We just have to take good care of the basketball.
Aksyon TV will air Game Two on Thursday at 8 p.m.